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View of “Lucas Samaras,” 2015.

Lucas Samaras

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View of “Lucas Samaras,” 2015.

There’s Lucas Samaras again and again, showcased in row after row of more or less postcard-size photos—a tour de force of narcissism and inventive art. The astounding 720 pictures that were on view in this show have all been digitally altered and feature the artist at various stages of his life and in different moods, poses, states of undress: They range from images of a fresh-faced, innocent-looking boy to pictures of a bearded, sinister older man. Presiding over this autobiographical album—ostensibly a family album, for it begins with some photographs of Samaras’s Greek family—are thirty-four larger-scale photos of the artist as he looks today. His wild beard and sometimes enraged, usually troubled face suggest a wrathful Old Testament God or a prophet of doom. Samaras seems to find himself endlessly fascinating; indeed, he is as in love with his image as Narcissus

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